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|5 hours 46 min ago||Oh, that||
Yeah, that kind of stuff happens from time to time. You learn to live with it.
That's always been part of living there. That kind of weather was fun as a kid. Of course, I didn't have adult responsibilities back then so I didn't have to worry about a falling branch impaling my engine block, or a tree going through the roof. . . I did grow up knowing how to prepare for 2-3 days without power though.
|6 hours 15 min ago||I like the weather||
But as a PacNW native, as they say, I have webbed feet.
The rain comes down in a swirling drizzle that makes it tough to see but constantly filters the air of particulates. It's especially great when you're outside the city and the winter fog's rolling through the pines and firs. The idea that air can taste awesome might not occur to you until you breathe in that fog.
Yes, you will get wet. Getting wet does not hurt. It certainly doesn't hurt like those -20F wind gusts walking through Ann Arbor that feel like a tornado tore through a Gillette factory. And FFS I've seen Michiganders happily tolerate 40F in shorts. Seattle's winters are downright balmy compared to Ann Arbor.
|3 days 53 min ago||Dept. of Redundany Dept.||
"consistently dominating on the field is something he needs to show more consistently."
|4 days 9 hours ago||Pressure off Bassett||
I'm not sure if something got lost in translation but technically he's correct; he's saying that really wasn't Bassett botching the play, because it wasn't. Bassett was slightly out of position but in the right direction (upfield), with time to recover. . . unless Kawasumi kicks a flawless cross. The timing, speed, trajectory, angle and location would all have to be perfect for it to drop untouched before the charging Ogimi. That was with Bassett where she was. So by "out of position" I mean she was only a half step from pinching off the attack entirely.
Unfortunately for Bassett, Kawasumi's pass WAS absolutely perfect. That had the precision of a Tom Brady pass and Bassett almost got to it anyway. In fact she did get to it, but then English soccer happened.
If I was to RPS it, that'd be Kawasumi DO, Bassett -1/2 and England RPS-3 for leaving Kawasumi completely uncovered.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Problem is||
You can lose on purpose only so many times before you forget how to win on purpose.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Is that all unusual?||
My completely unreliable wild-ass guess tells me he probably touched 70mph. He's got an NFL arm after all.
Anyway, Harbaugh is competitive past the point of insane, but I wonder if merely wanting to do well is all that unusual. I get that it's ceremonial and most just do it for LOLs, but if I got an invite to throw a ceremonial pitch my next call would be to book time at a practice facility. I don't need nor expect to be King Felix overnight but I'd at least not want to embarrass my family.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Yep||
He slinged it right over the plate but that was no strike; the catcher had to stand up to get to it.
I have the same problem. I can get the angle just right but my release timing isn't consistent, so my "grouping" is basically a long, straight line parallel to my arm angle.
Of course, he can still throw a 40-yard dart with a football whereas the last time I tried to throw a spiral I think I heard the ball croak, "Kill me."
|5 days 9 hours ago||Before even that||
It's not like Pipkins is some marginal player here. He's a hyped recruit, a Hoke*/Mattison-coached lineman who's done things but spent a lot of time injured.
People keep talking about making room for a transfer but FFS I take issue with the leap past the assumption that Pipkins -- if not for health reasons -- is dead weight. If Harbaugh wanted FOOTBAW players he could redshirt Pipkins to give him time to recover. Setting aside speculation about Harbaugh's ethics, I highly doubt Durkin and Mattison would sign on to effectively cutting a healthy Pipkins.
Anyone accusing Harbaugh of playing the Saban Games has to make the case that a healthy Pipkins is a lost cause. Where's that evidence? Don't just skip past that step to fit a narrative. As I understand them, all the arguments that he can't contribute are tied to (DUN DUN DUUUNNN) his health.
*Hey, he may not be able to run a high-profile program, but he is unquestionably a good D-line coach
|1 week 5 hours ago||My only gripe||
is that for whatever reason I have the urge to give him a nickname based on his real name and I'm coming up blank.
Oh woe cruel world
|1 week 3 days ago||reference||
|1 week 3 days ago||Papers?||
Was it a show wallaby?
|1 week 3 days ago||If it was actually a 'roo||
When it grows full size it'll teach him better pad level?
|1 week 3 days ago||TMBG||
Placental the sister of her brother Marsupial
|1 week 4 days ago||Chesson the Destroyer||
My guess isn't a surprise about the player, as how. I think Chesson will shake the earth -- others area already predicting that -- but not as a receiver. As a gunner. He's already called Chesson the Destroyer around here for his ability to pancake DBs and PRs, and that was with atrocious special teams coaching.
If he also molds into a deep threat I'd be ecstatic, but Baxter is a phenomenal special teams coach with an eye-popping resume. He will make the most of Chesson's ability. The result is frankly difficult for me to imagine. This is a wild guess like everyone else's, but for all his football clout Baxter's been kind of working under the radar so when he turns Chesson into a super-saiyan gunner, no one will see it coming.
|1 week 4 days ago||Straight-ahead speed is overrated||
Besides, Chesson is measured legit fast but as of yet he can't get it to matter. I don't think he's comfortable yet with the routes, which makes it easy for DBs to anticipate his movement, so he doesn't look fast. For the same reason, putting some corners on offense doesn't strike me as a difference-maker.
|1 week 4 days ago||FAT GUY TOUCHDOWNS FTW!!||
I know a 290-pound TE is a luxury if the guy can play tackle but that would be a sight to see. Not some fluke where a lineman recovers a fumble and rumbles it in, but a real pass to a tackle-sized TE.
|1 week 4 days ago||Your dad's no fool||
But I think that otherwise sound advice applies to generalized situations, not highly specific scenarios like football. A real fight has no rules. As for football, my exhibit A is Chris Bryant -- he was hyped up by the D as "bringing the pain", but he often brought pain upon himself. It's a known medical fact that if you don't feel pain, you break before you hurt. Exhibit B, Schofield. Considered more of a "finesse" player (in as much as getting blocked by a 6'6" 300 pound tackle feels like "finesse"), he didn't PWN many people even in his Michigan days but was highly effective at his position.
In my experience, OL need controlled aggression. When I see great O-line play it never seems particularly wild. More like coordinated wrestling, though that description may earn a few guffaws.
|1 week 5 days ago||For the record||
The only acceptable fate for Gary Barnett is to be doused with gasoline from head to toe and lit on fire, and I'm glad Northwestern declined just as quickly while he was at the helm. He embodies the necessity of a program to draw a line between winning and ethics. My reason for hating Colorado have nothing to do with the games they played with Michigan; it's 100% because they hired Barnett.
But, he did win games, and got NW to a Rose Bowl, and that's why NW is known to have a football program at all.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wow||
Your intent aside, what a gift-wrapped invitation to start all kinds of flame wars regarding athlete intelligence, football vs. basketball sports culture and -- if the first two aren't toasty enough -- race!
But seriously, it's not weird at all. Northwestern doesn't have a basketball legacy to speak of (Carmody wasn't bad but what else can you say), but PatFitz is a decent football coach. Coaches can shape a school's reputation quite a bit. During the Beilein/Hoke era, Michigan kind of peeled the flesh off a basketball school and wore its face as a mask. If NW had a coach like Gary Few or Shaka Smart (or Beilein for that matter) they'd have a basketball program.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why go through the trouble?||
If you want to do something, couldn't you just click the "record macro" button and then hand-modify the spreadsheet?
/ this is how you torture programmers, folks
|1 week 5 days ago||They're not a band||
It's actually a They Might Be Giants song.
|1 week 6 days ago||"there's two sides to every||
"there's two sides to every story, and the truth lies somewhere in-between"
Whoever said that has never seen a divorce.
We are forced to speculate, but there's still enough here to decide what's acceptable, what needs more information, and what's unjustifiable. If multiple recruits claim Stanford just stopped talking to them, that's not exactly a crime against humanity, but it's scummy and I don't see a good reason for it. Burden of proof is on Harbaugh here, though I don't think he can comment publicly so we can only hope Hackett looks into it.
|1 week 6 days ago||The grayshirt||
The grayshirt actually bothers me less, because of its timing. I'm forced to speculate but it's easy to think of a very plausible scenario -- the coaches are in constant contact with their commits (well, most of them), a desired recruit was expected to flip, they waited and waited, then a month to Signing Day realized they got their man but had one too many recruits and had to tell one of them to grayshirt. It is very, very difficult to track what HS kids do; tracking dozens of them is like herding confetti. Considering the 2010 class had exactly one grayshirt the sample size tells me more about what happened than the crappiness of the situation they put Swanson in.
The radio silence is more troubling. It's immature, unnecessary and there's a pattern.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't assume||
It's not the what, it's the how, which prevents this from being inherently unique. Stanford is a volatile place to recruit, OK. But distancing yourself from recuits by avoiding them is a scummy thing to do regardless of the circumstances. The recruits may have been given non-commutable offers, I don't know, but what's important here is not the circumstances of the decommitment, but the transparency of the decision. Losing contact with a recruit is the polar opposite of transparency.
Granted, I doubt HS kids return the favor, but if you're in charge of a high-profile department, you can't compare your behavior to that of a HS kid.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yeah||
Yeah I'm glad he was our coach back in the 90s but considering he was willing to scorch UM football just to impose his ego, why the hell is anyone still listening to this guy.
|1 week 6 days ago||He's not entirely wrong||
It makes certain tasks easier, but the challenge is, it's made it easier for everyone. So whereas back in Carr's day you could schedule a game with an FCS school and expect them to lack the resources to do in-depth scouting, these days an intern can download enough game footage to exploit weaknesses in your offense inside a week. In other words, even the FCS schools have technical capabilities the biggest dozen programs in the country would've considered prohibitively expensive 20 years ago.
So, it's gotten harder for big programs, in as much as they "only" have name recognition and better facilities and more money, but they lost some of their cheat codes. Boo-hoo.
|1 week 6 days ago||ESPN:sports::WSJ:finance||
Which is to say, it's what the casual Dunning-Kruger idiot thinks is the resource experts use to get informed, and markets itself to just that demographic. So it does have weight, but only in terms of reach.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You rip MP3s???||
Pfft, I only listen to music recorded live in a private studio on a modified vintage analog system with latinum-core wires end-to-end and re-sampled at 176kHz onto custom zirconium disks.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It won't be a swap||
If Peppers gets hurt it'll be a huge loss, but it won't fundamentally change the way defense is played. Basically what Peppers is asked to do is wicked hard to execute, but conceptually it's simple -- extra responsibility. Specifically, the safety/HSP covering the slot also covers the flat and defends the edge. That makes the reads complex, but you don't just shift all those reads to another guy. More likely one of those responsibilities will get shifted to another player, which simplifies the reads.
Seth drew up the third diagram to show that. Unless the defense gets cute it's likely to flip the linebackers and overall reverts the formation to a conventional 4-3-4. Specifically, the DE gets the edge, Ross gets the flat and the safety's there if the slot goes vertical. (An alternative would be for the SAM to defend the edge, the SS plays the slot soft and the line shifts to the strength of the play -- there's no wrong answer here.) The real headache goes to the D-line, looking at six down linemen and a U-back against four DL and two LBs with no help to the backside edge. I think Seth is projecting Mattison's confidence in last year's D-line.
Going backwards, the HSP's edge responsibility taking pressure of the linebackers allowed them in turn to support the D-line, making that job easier. But to answer to your question, while the D-line's job gets harder, it's just reverting to a base they should understand at that level anyway.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thing is||
I think it's too early to say on-field Peppers will be comparable to Woodson, but everything I've heard about Peppers is that his game prep is comparable. He hates losing and is very accountable to himself.
While Woodson's on-field responsibilities were dizzyingly complex, more often than not people remember him covering the opposing offense's #1 receiver with no safety help, which was the simplest way the safety to his side became an extra run defender. Things got complex when there were more receivers to his side, as detailed above. Then his reads had to be perfect, because the receivers' job was to get Woodson 20 yards from where the ball was going to go. His consistency was absolutely amazing.
You guys at MGoBlog have already covered all this, I know. I bring it up again because in defense of Peppers, I think asking Peppers to do what Woodson did is impossible because what Carr asked Woodson to do just wouldn't work against a spread. The slot receiver these days is a specialist, not the #3 wideout. There's a reason why RichRod loaded up on slot bugs; he was trying to make the space between the EMLOS and wide receiver impossible to defend. The 1997 alignment vs. a slot monster, if it's not a screen, Woodson can't cover two receivers effectively and the safeties can't get there in time. That's not a knock on Woodson at all; it's why Carr struggled against the spread. The 21st century formations have two defenders between the tackle and the wideout, and like the slot bug, the nickleback/HSP is now a playmaker, not the backup corner.
Both guys are being asked to do stuff that's really, really hard -- essentially the closest thing to in two places at once. It's very dangerous unless the coaches have the utmost confidence they can do it consistently, which speaks volumes about what the coaches think of them. But both defenses still have to account for mortality, which combined with evolutions in offense forces incomparable differences in how Woodson was and Peppers will be used.